EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/13/2007Copyright © 1997-2006 Eurobasket
Nenad Markovic didn t have much time to mourn the title KK Bosna lost in a dramatic finish.
He revealed his list of basketball players who will be invited for the first stage of NT preparations.
Players who are not in the limelight will get a chance to qualify for the NT preparations beginning from 03rd of July.
There are some surprises. Nenad Markovic invited Bavcic to this camp despite he has been considered to be among the 12 players despite his poor performances during the the series against Siroki.
Most interesting will be the appearance of Goran Suton (208-C-85), Nemanja Calasan (206-F/C-85, college: Midland CC), Goran Bajic (209-C-83) and Dino Hodzic (190-G-90).
It is evident that there are almost no players from Zenica, Tuzla and Hercegovina which is a surprise since these regions are dominating the competition in younger categories. Some names of Bosnians playing abroad are also missing like there are Dragan Tubak (216-C-87), Sabahudin Hodzic (217-C-84, college: Casper CC), Edin Alispahic (207-F/C-88), Husein Pistoljevic (188-G) and Nedim Pajevic (206-F-85, college: Weber St.).
Nemanja Gordic (195-G-88)
Aleksej Nesovic (189-G-85, agency: World Sport Agency)
Muhamed Pasalic (190-G-87)
Nicola Sormaz (-G)
Nihad Djedovic (196-G-90, agency: Beo Basket)
Eldin Camdzic (184-G-90)
Milan Milosevic (205-F/C-85)
Ante Masic (200-G/F-85)
Bozo Djurasovic (200-F-87)
Dusko Albijanic (210-C-86)
Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket)
Aldin Klinac (206-C-90)
Amar Suljagic (210-C-88)
Edin Bavcic (210-F-84, agency: Beo Basket)
Oliver Stevic (201-F-84)
Jadranko Jusufagic (208-F)
Faruk Basic (200-G/F-84)
The argentinian coach, Daniel Allende gave the list of 15 players that will be part of the chilean National Team in the upcoming Super 4.
Marcelo Hernandez (188-G-79)
Patrick Saez (191-G/F-79)
Erik Carrasco (181-G-83)
Leonel Mendez (184-G-75)
Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83)
Rodrigo Espinoza (183-G-81)
Lino Saez (195-F-77)
Francisco Avello (190-F-83)
Carlos Troll (202-F-79)
Christian Diaz (199-F-82)
Emilio Paris (196-F/C-74)
Pablo Coro (197-F/C-69)
Patricio Briones (213-C-72)
Claus Prutzmann (204-C-79)
Jorge Valencia (206-C-77)
The teams invited for the tournament are Argentina, Uruguay, Panama and Chile as the host. The Super 4 will be played between June 29 and July 1.
Coach Neumann John who worked in Cyprus in the early 90's as head coach of Pezoporikos (now AEK Larnaka) gave an interesting interview to Nemanja Bjetov and CyBasketball.com. The coach who was credited for discovering Darrell Armstrong wants to return to Cyprus and take over APOEL Nicosia.
After finding out about Coach Johnny Neumann's declaration of interest in the head coach position at Dentalcon APOEL, CyBasketball.com conducted an exclusive interview with the legendary coach. Neumann has letters of recommendation from coaches like Pat Riley, Phil Jackson and George Karl and he worked with Jack McCloskey of the Detroit Pistons. One can only imagine the added caliber his presence would give to basketball in Cyprus as the head coach of Dentalcon APOEL.
Could you please introduce yourself to the readers of CyBasketball.com?
Hello my name is Coach Neumann John .
When did you first realize what you wanted to do for a career? What was it about basketball that attracted you?
When I was 5 years old I started to play basketball and ever since I have loved the game with all my heart. I used to watch my older brother play when I was younger.
What is your basketball philosophy?
I like to play pressure defense and an up-tempo game and I love my teams to be able to shoot 3-point shots.
What do you consider your biggest success?
My biggest success was when I was at Pezoporikos and won the first basketball game in a European cup. The next one was coaching the Lebanese National Team and for the first time in the history of the country to qualify for the World Championship. The reason these two things stand out so much for me is because of the players I coached and the people I worked with.
How would you describe the contribution that you've made to the game of basketball, and the most important thing that you think you've done?
I feel that almost every country I have been in, I have been able to accomplish something that no other coach has done before. A good example of this is when I coached P.A.O.K in Greece and we were the first team to beat Aris in seven years. I feel that I have been blessed by God and given the opportunity to coach some great players. I give all the credit to the players, because without good players that want to learn and get better you can never be a really good coach.
I know it's hard to single out particular moments, but is there one or two in your career that stand out as the most exciting or thrilling?
I believe that helping young players reach their dreams and watching them develop as men is a feeling that only a coach can feel.
Was there a particular experience that you remember from the time you were coaching in Cyprus that had a big effect on you?
All the love and happiness showed to me by the people of Cyprus.
We all know the career influence attribute to Darrell Armstrong's ‘discovery' in Cyprus, but what has this meant to your coaching career?
In reality, really nothing at all. I have coached 15 players that have gone onto the NBA, but the players from Cyprus that I coached certainly helped Darrell a lot. Costas, Tony, Christos, Michael, and Nikos were a joy to coach and we had a Dream Team. But when Darrell called me from the States to thank me, I told him that maybe I opened a door for him, but he was the one that made the NBA.
Do you have an interesting story to share with us from the time you were coaching Pezoporikos?
Yes, of course, but we had so many good times that to single out one story is not really fair.
How would you compare the level of the basketball in Cyprus to the level of the game in the other European countries where you coached throughout the years? What is the essential difference?
I think the level of play has gotten better and more people enjoy the game, but the team I coached in Larnaca, we could have played with any of the teams now.
What's your next big challenge?
I am in the process of talking with teams now about where I will coach this coming season, but to be honest I would love to come back to Cyprus and coach again. I have just returned from coaching in China and I would be honored to coach the APOEL basketball team. This would be my next challenge to bring the championship back to APOEL. I have won many championships since leaving Cyprus and the challenge of coaching APOEL and developing the team and playing in Europe would be something. I coached APOEL for a few games in the cup before I left Cyprus and it was fun, but the problem was not having the foreign players that I selected to play with the players from Cyprus.
Scheduled just one month before the FIBA U19 World Championship in Novi Sad, Serbia, the 21st edition of the World Basketball Tournament of Douai has been one important stage in the preparation campaign of teams hoping to win the world title. Among the six teams (USA Elite Team, Lithuania, France, Germany, Australia and Israel) that confirmed their participation at the Douai tournament, besides the USA Elite Team being formed by Coach Linzy Davis who selected great Southeastern US high school players this year, Israel and Germany did not qualify for the next U19 World Championship. A new formula applied to the World Tournament of Douai, Northern France, consisted of a small championship allowing each team to meet each other and the best international players to face one another. This year, the World Tournament was held from June 6th to 10th in Carvin and Douai.
The French team led by many talents (EB Pau Orthez's trio Ludovic Vaty-Alexis Ajinca-William Molas, French champion Adrien Moerman of Chorale Roanne, Le Mans players Nicolas Batum and Antoine Diot, etc.) was one of the favourite teams of the 2007 edition. Latest FIBA U19 World Champion Australia was in Northern France for the first time and did its best to challenge great European teams. Lithuania tried to recover after the defeat against France in the final of the last UMCOR U18 European Championship in Greece. As far as talented individuals are concerned, the USA roster looked less impressive than in the last few years (the 2005 and 2006 teams had been truly amazing, with some NBA prospects like Kevin Durant, Chase Budinger, LaMarcus Aldridge or Thaddeus Young involved in the 2007 Draft) but the group of Coach Linzy Davis was once again competitive. Israel, with an impressive roster, was in Douai to prepare the U20 FIBA European Championship which will take place in Nova Gorica, Slovenia, and Gorica, Italy, next July while Germany of Coach Emir Mutapcic came with the hope to surprise one of the other squads during the tournament.
I talked shortly to the tournament's director Jean-Pierre Ciesielski while watching the end of the game involving Australia and Germany on Day Four of the event and asked him why the formula had changed into a small championship this year. « For budgetary reasons, we had to change the formula and not go through semi-finals and finals this time. Our usual partner decided to withdraw last February and we had to find another one. As far as the competition is concerned, everyone seems to find this new formula very interesting as all teams face each other. »
The first day of the tournament took place in the small town of Carvin where three interesting games were played in front of a nice local attendance. The first game between Lithuania and Australia ended up with the Emus victory 84-76. « Australia is a team to be reckoned with at the next U19 World Championship in Serbia! » told Jean-Pierre Ciesielski. In the second game of the day, the young US team with great prospects like Jordan Hamilton, Laron Dendy, Tracy Smith or James Fields (all approached by major NCAA coleges with great basketball programmes) largely defeated Germany 112-88. In the third game, Israel surprised France by winning with a close margin 90-86. Richard Billant's team seemed to have come on the court to play a scrimmage game while the Israeli team of Coach Gino Yaakov showed up to win the game.
The next day, two games were played at the Lycee Corot in Douai (Germany vs. France and Australia vs. Israël) and a third one was held in Carvin (USA vs. Lithuania).
In the presence of French Technical Director Jean Pierre de Vincenzi, France won against the German team 82-71 but always looked like they could become more steady especially in defense. Israel led by power forward Omri Casspi (Israel's Final Four semi-finalist with his club Hapoel Galil Elyon) also impressed the attendance and remained undefeated after a very athletic game won 85-72 against Australia. This was the first shock of the tournament and Israel, despite a poor offensive start by their star Casspi, could not avoid the Emus to take the lead at half-time: 37-29. Israel came back in the third quarter with better intentions especially in defense (43-43) and Australian shooter Patrick Mills was limited to a 37% shooting average from the field. Casspi (21 points, 6/10, 3/6 from 3-point range, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 1 block-shot in this game) was excellent in the money time and Australians could not avoid the defeat: 74-85, final score.
Elsewhere on that day, Team USA of Coach Linzy Davis could never chalenge their tough Lithuanian opponents who left no chance to the American players.
On Friday night in Douai, Israel beat Germany without any trouble. The next game of the day was a convincing demonstration by the Emus who left no chance to the young US team. Australians had a great shooting average of 71% and Coach Linzy Davis's players never defended well during 40 minutes. Australia led by center Andrew Ogilvy (18 points), guard Patrick Mills (21 points) and forward Ben Dowdell (14 points) in offense won the game 118-76.
The game that many observers wanted to attend on that day was France vs. Lithuania. On the one hand France wanted to take its revenge from last year when Lithuania beat the French squad in Douai, on the other hand Lithuania wanted to prove that the defeat at the last Euro 2006 against France was just an unforeseen event. It was for sure one of the best games in this tournament: 25-21 for the French squad after the first quarter. Nicolas Batum of France and Martynas Gecevicius of Lithuania are excellent from all ranges on both sides. Lithuania came back in the second quarter and even took the lead by 11 at the half. Local fans started to have doubts as Lithuania was still ahead but great plays by Batum, Diot and N'Diaye allowed the French team to be in front: 89-85 with 1'40'' remaining before the final buzzer. Gecevicius and team mates could never come back and Richard Billant's young men won the game 94-87.
On the following day, after Germany's fifth and final defeat against Australia (95-72), their opponent ‘du jour' in this tournament, Israel defeated Lithuania (without Gecevicius, left on the bench to rest) in front of a nice attendance. I attended this game which definitely crowned Israel as the 2007 Douai Tournament winner. Despite a great start by the players of Rutenis Paulaskas (17-19 for Lithuania at the end of the first quarter), Israeli guards Gal Mekel, Yoad Bet Yosef and Dori Assaf were quick and ran the court well, allowing their team to end the first half with a short advantage: 45-41. Coach Yaakov's team was not challenged in the second half and Omri Casspi (8/13 from the field, 21 points and 2 rebounds) finally could score several easy baskets in fastbreak situation: 91-65, final score. Lithuania recorded 25 turnovers in this game.
In the evening, France (without Ajinca, also left on the bench by Coach Billant) beat the USA Elite Team after a very offensive game by both teams: 114-98. US player Jordan Hamilton scored 32 points and grabbed 7 rebounds but this was not enough against Edwin Jackson (29 points) and his team mates.
Great moments that the Douai attendance wished not to miss were the three-point shootout contest as well as the dunk contest. In the shootout contest, BC Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius' recruit Martynas Gecevicius who had missed the game against Israel scored three-pointers like a real clockwork regularity. He and Emu forward Clint Steindl battled until the last attempt missed by the Aussie. Gecevicius, among the best young players voted by FIBA Europe last year, was the three-point shootout winner. France's invited Third National Division player Olivier Gnahore won the dunk contest given that ASVEL's French U19 National Team player Edwin Jackson missed his last bid.
On the last day of the tournament: Israel finished undefeated and won against a very chalenging USA Elite Team 112-88. Australia finished second after beating France 86-90 in a last game of very high level. Nicolas Batum finished as best scorer for France in this game: 35 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Australian player Patrick Mills had 20 points against the French NT. No problem for Lithuania against Germany earlier that day (73-86, 21 points for Lithuanian forward Marius Valukonis).
Created in 1986, the World Tournament of Douai has always attracted the best international U19 basketball teams. More than thirty players who previously took part in the event have been or are now playing in the NBA (Tony Parker, Carmelo Anthony, Andrei Kirilenko, Luol Deng, Rudy Gay, Daniel Gibson, etc.). Once more, many NBA scouts came to Northern France to observe young talents this year. Former Croatian star Danko Cvjeticanin was among the several scouts seen on the sideline in Douai. Glory days' champions Pat Durham (ex-SLUC Nancy, Le Havre, Vitoria, Golden State Warriors, etc.) and Derrick Lewis (ex-EB Pau-Orthez, Mulhouse, Reims, SLUC Nancy, etc.) as well as local stars like Baptiste Bataille (guard currently playing at Northeastern University, NCAA) also came to the Lycee Corot last weekend. They strongly supported the superstars of tomorrow and the organizers of the great World Tournament of Douai.
Final ranking :
1. ISRAEL 5-0
2. AUSTRALIA 4-1
3. FRANCE 3-2
4. LITHUANIA 2-3
5. USA 1-4
6. GERMANY 0-5
All tournament team:
Point Guard : Patrick Mills (182-G-88) of Australian Institute Sport (AUS) - AUSTRALIA
Shooting Guard : Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) of Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LTU) - LITHUANIA
Small Forward : Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) of Le Mans Sarthe Basket - FRANCE
Power Forward : Omri Caspi (204-F/G-88) of Hapoel Galil Elyon (ISR) - ISRAEL
Center : Andrew Ogilvy (211-C/F-88) of Australian Institute Sport (AUS) - AUSTRALIA
MVP : Omri Caspi - ISRAEL
Best scorer : Jordan HAMILTON - USA
By Bertrand Larsimont on 2007-06-12
Big first for the young players of category cadet basket ball
The Federation Gabonese of Basketball (FEGABAB), that directs Mrs. Sylvie KOTHA NZAMBA decides to organize the first edition of the national championship in category cadet of the 17 to July 22, 2007 in Port Gentil.
Indeed since the creation of this institution, no national competition of youngsters has been instituted in Gabon, after the first edition of the junior the last year to Lambarene, the FEGABAB launches the challenge to not only organize the second edition of the junior in end of July, but as the all new young cadet category, for this first edition that will take place of the 17 to July 22 in Port Gentil, will also be sponsored by the Town hall of this city economic of Gabon;
Here are leagues that will have this distinguished honor to participate in this first edition:
The League of the Maritime Ogooue (LIBBOM) with three teams, the league of the middle Ogooue, the league of the Woleu Ntem, and the new league who has just been born Ogooue Lolo.
The Salem Stampede beat the Portland Chinooks 126-125 at Portland State University. Guard Blake Walker (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Portland St.) led a group of four Stampede players with 20 or more points. Walker finished with 26 and 10 boards. Guard Mike Tabb (6'6''-F-82, college: San Jose City JC) continues his solid season and finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Antone Jarrell (6'7''-F, college: Portland St.) scored 22 and added 11 boards. Nick DeWitz (6'8''-F, agency: Court Side, college: Oregon St.) scored 20 with 12 rebounds.
Shammgod Wells led Portland with 39 points with more than half of his points coming at the free throw line.
David Jackson added 33 points for the Chinooks.
Salem is now 14-3 on the season and sits in first place in the Western Conference playoff race.
The Chinooks dropped to 15-6 and are solid title contenders.
“ We never hung our heads even though some events caused the game to seem impossible to win” Commented Salem Head Coach Joe Becerra . “Our guys stuck together and we got the ball off the rebound and all the way down for a layup without the ball touching the floor on our last posession.” “Mike goes to the basket hard and it paid off on the game winning drive.” Tabb was fouled with 5.9 seconds to go in the game and Portland hanging on to a one point lead. Tabb hit nothing but net on both attempts sealing the victory.
The game marked the debut of Kevin Tyner (6'0''-G-84, college: W.Oregon) a spectacular guard who finished as Western Oregon University's all time assist leader with 600. Tyner was a four year starter and finished his career with an all conference season and numerous marks on Western's all time lists.
“Kevin made his pro debut with us last year in Tacoma. He had a triple double and just dominated”
“He was late getting back into the States after a great rookie season in Germany with Tries Karden.
He was first team all league and led the league in scoring.” Becerra stated. “ We like to think we are
the quickest team in the league and he may be the quickest guy we have now.”
“ I have not seen a point guard in our league that I would take over Will Funn (6'2''-G-82, agency: 123 Podium, college: Portland St.) or Kevin. So we are excited to
get Kevin back in a Salem jersey. He played some solid floor minutes and plays with so much composure.”
Tyner finished with four points four assists 2 steals and 2 rebounds in the win.
Salem hosts the Central Oregon Hotshots this Friday in Salem. The Hotshots are aptly named as they are a
high scoring fast break team with solid shooters up and down the roster.
Defending champions St. George's Slayers survived a scare from nemesis Urban Knights, escaping with a 55-54 victory as the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)/National Basketball League (NBL) tipped off its 2007 season last night at the National Arena. The league continues this evening with newcomers Majesty Gardens facing Tivoli All-Stars at 6:00 p.m. and Arnett Gardens taking on Harbour View Lakers at 7:45 p.m. at the National Stadium courts.
Down by as many as 11 points in the third quarter, Slayers came roaring back in their usual fashion to cut the lead to 52-50 before a timely three-pointer from Leon Chung put them on top 53-52 for the first time since early in the first quarter. The lead was short-lived, however, as Linton Murray's layup put Knights back in front with 0.20 seconds left. The champion's never-say-die attitude chipped in and Kali McCarthy found a wide open Rohan Robinson under the basket for the winning basket. Robinson led Slayers with 12 points while Murray had a game-high 17 points in a losing effort for Knights. Andrew Whilby added 13 points also for Knights.
NBL Selection team roster for Sister City basketball tournament, Jakarta, Indonesia
Name Height Position Team
Lau Er Kheng 178cm G Klang WCT Land
Wee Chuan Chin 180cm G Klang WCT Land
Hong Kah Hau 186cm G Melaka Chinwoo
Chai Chze Hian 180cm G Melaka Chinwoo
Tee Chun Guan 187cm F YSL
John Ng Yew Seng 190cm F Klang WCT Land
Francis Loh Hoo Won 190cm C/F Melaka Chinwoo
Chin Choon Siong 195cm C/F YSL
Toh Chin Thiam 193cm C/F YSL
Auyong Kah Weng 188cm C/F YSL
Kuala Lumpur, represented by Malaysia's NBL selection, failed to pass its first assignment via a 68-97 loss to favorite Seoul team, represented by mighty Seoul University, in the 2007 Sister City Tournament in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Yang Woo-sub, Cha Jae-young, Ha Jae-pil and Bang Kyeung-soo combined for a total of 66 points to pilot the South Korean surge.
Chin Choon Siong, John Ng Yeo Seng and Malaysian national team member Francis Loh Hoo Won led the
The first impression for our beloved national team in FIBA Qualifying in JAPAN is they can beat anybody here in Asia except maybe the powerhouse CHINA. With the line up presented are compose of PBA All Stars and more than half of it were born outside the Philippines or Fil - foreigner .Meaning they learned their basketball mainly in USA. And does it stopped there?
The forgettable finished of Centennial team in 1998 showed what we really got but excuses prevented them from the watchful eyes of disappointed basketball fanatics. Unfamiliarity of amateur basketball rules and a very short time in getting to know each other are the biggest reason why we were not on the top three.
And now, it seems the height is the most legitimate reason why we are struggling to be on top of this region. The presence of three or four seven-footers in other countries line up intimidated us a lot. It is also the excuse we got in Tehran, Iran, and it is probably the reason why Chot is considering slight changes in RP line - up with tall players who can run and the first thing in his mind are Williams, Norwood and Anthony Washington (206-C, college: Portland St.)
As the Chinese paraded a seven-footers decades ago, putting the ball on the rim is hardest thing for them to do. It is not the situation anymore as they have a seven foot- five giant with very soft touch of the ball plus a couple of walking and running walls.
To make things worst, we are now bracketed with Iran, Jordan and China. The group of WALLS which is considered by Coach Reyes as “ Group of Death”. Gone are the days being anxious to be bracketed against the Koreans and Chinese. The Middle East countries have proven to be part of the elite group.
All the teams are team to beat. They are tougher and bigger, and the only assurance is that we have a bigger heart. For many of us here in the Phils, we are better and we can give them a tough fight and like Ed said , lets give them hell.
Crvena Zvezda succeeded to finish semifinal series with 2-0 against Hemofarm so eternal rivals will fight for Serbian title in the play-off final!! Red and white team beat Hemofarm in game #2 91:81 in Belgrade. They had fantastic support of their fans during the whole game. Zvezda's superstar Milan Gurovic (207-F-76, agency: Beo Basket)'s 3-point shot 51 seconds before the end for 81:74 resolved question about second finalist and destroyed hopes of Hemofarm that they can fight for Euroleague for next season. Gurovic also was MVP of the game netting 37 points and grabbing 9 rebounds with index value 38. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) scored 13 including 6 rebounds for Crvena Zvezda while Hemofarm got double - double 16 points and 12 rebounds from center Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket).
Crvena Zvezda - Hemofarm 91:81
Crvena Zvezda: Stewart, Markovic 10, Popovic 2, Kovacevic 3, Misanovic 5, Gurovic 37 (9 rebs), Radivojevic 6 (6 as), Dragicevic 4 (7 rebs), Antic 13 (6 rebs), Cvetkovic 8, Aleksandrov 3
Hemofarm: Bakic 10, Joksimovic 4, Suput 13, Markovic 7, Nesovic 11, Radinovic 8 (4 rebs), Topic 5, Borisov 3, Simonovic 4, Plisnic, Vukosavljevic 16 (12 rebs)
Helios: Sasa Doncic, Smiljan Pavic, Dario Krejic, Jure Mocnik.
Union Olimpija: Dwayne Lee, Marko Rakocevic, Slavko Duscak.
Geoplin Slovan: Davor Marcelic.
Zlatorog: Zan Vrecko, Bosko Stojakovic, Terry Williams, Jack Ingram, Slobodan Ocokoljic.
Alpos Sentjur: Mario Novak, Matej Krusic, Elvis Kadic.
Kraski zidar Jadran Kras: Martin Atanasovski, Samo Majerle.
Brian Boddicker (204-F-81, agency: EM-PA, college: Texas) has according the terms of a contract for the next season with Grupo Capito Valladolid. He will play with Bud Eley that recently extended for one more year his contract with the Valladolid Team's.
This season Brian Boddicker has played with Selcuk Universitesi Konya in the Turkish League when he was the top 2 scorer with 19.1 points per game.
Sacramento upset the Houston Comets 82:67 at home today to climb back on top of the Western conference. Houston meanwhile suffered their 7th consecutive loss and continue to pile up this negative franchise-record.
Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, college: USC) had an impressive night for the Comets but received little support from her teammates. She nailed a jumper to make it 28:32 at the start of the third quarter. But the Monarchs answered with 9:0 run to edge ahead to 44:30. Later on the advantage kept growing and reached a 53:36 mark before the end of the third. Houston just managed to cut the lead to 53:61 in the final frame but as far as it got. Kara Lawson (5'8''-G-81, college: Tennessee) led the Monarchs with 24 points. Nicole Powell finished with 17 points, while Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, college: Georgetown) scored 14 points for the winners. Tina Thompson seemed to battle alone as she poured in 33 points and grabbed 6 boards in a losing effort. Latasha Byears added 9 points. The Comets outrebounded the Monarchs 29:20 but committed massive 26 turnovers. The Monarchs bench outscored their opponents 33:18.
Sacramento improved to 6-3 record to occupy the top spot in the West. Houston are at 0-7 at the bottom of the ladder.
Sacramento - Houston 82:67
Sacramento: Kara Lawson 24 points, Nicole Powell 17, Rebekkah Brunson 14, Yolanda Griffith (6'4''-C/F-70, college: Florida Atlantic) 10
Houston: Tina Thompson 33, Latasha Byears 9.